Safer Bike Lanes Come Down to Earth

bike lanes

Leave it to Copenhagen. While other bike geeks fight over guerilla-painted bike lanes, or shine them on the street with laser gadgets, or dream of floating them in mid-air, the City of Copenhagen and the bike advocacy group ibikecph installs a simple, low-tech fix that makes riding in the famously bike-friendly city even easier.

bike sign

The idea is a pair of railings, one low, one high, for cyclists stopped at intersections to balance on. You grab one and rest your foot on the other, so you can push off faster when the light turns green instead of rolling slowly through traffic fumbling with your pedals. The text reads: "Hi, cyclist! Rest your foot here... and thank you for cycling in the city."

Ride around any city enough and you'll take to balancing on signposts (in Copenhagen they're rumored to be rubbed smooth by so many cyclists' hands). These new railings play right into that behavior, but make it easier and safer—a great example of a city adjusting its infrastructure to what cyclists naturally do.

Bike Pole

[Via Core77]

Add New Comment

7 Comments

  • Sarah L

    if u have your bike adjusted properly to your height u can only touch part of your foot to your ground, and next time before judging read the article, it cleary says 'The idea is a pair of railings, one low, one high, for cyclists stopped at intersections to balance on. You grab one and rest your foot on the other, so you can push off faster when the light turns green instead of rolling slowly through traffic fumbling with your pedals.'

  • Keith Irwin

    No, you just stand on the ground with one foot on a pedal, and when the light turns green start pedaling while lifting youself into your seat.

  • Jack Klark

    It can be when you have locking pedals that your shoes snap into.

    You should learn a little about cycling before being so cynical and critical. That being said... It is usually the fatties criticizing those of us who do things for our health.

  • Billy Blanks

    This is a great idea for bikers, but unfortunately, American cities like New York City have made up their minds when it comes to biking. Do it at your own risk and try not to get hit head-on by a bus.